The recently established animal rights group, Wildlife Rights, has expressed concern that transformation within the Animal Interaction Tourism sector is lagging.
This follows Cape Nature’s recent approval of Lamloch Safari Park Kleinmond, despite numerous objections regarding the introduction of elephants by owner Craig Saunders. Approvals of this nature speak volumes of the lack of understanding of the implications of animal interaction tourism.
These animal interaction “experiences” have far-reaching effects for all wildlife, but the ripple effect extends.
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) 2018 report cautioned that South Africa’s tourism brand value could potentially be negatively affected by as much as R54 billion loss in revenue over the next decade, if the Captive Lion Breeding Industry is allowed to continue.
It is important to note that not all wildlife encounters are unethical, but it is extremely important that governing bodies in South Africa help to establish solid ground rules to prevent unethical tourism taking root.